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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Chapter 16, Scenes at the Plantation Summary & Analysis

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Linda is sent to work at the plantation. Young Mr. Flint, Dr. Flint's son, is preparing the plantation house for his wife-to-be, and there is a lot of work to be done in the few weeks leading up to his marriage. Initially, baby Ellen accompanies her mother to the farm, while Benny, who has been ill, remains in his great-grandmother's home. However, since Linda is kept too busy at the plantation to adequately tend to her daughter's needs, Ellen is soon sent back to stay with Aunt Marthy as well.

Linda is distrustful of Mr. Flint Jr., but is works hard and makes an effort to be agreeable, so the two get along reasonably well. Upon her arrival, the new Mrs. Flint is very satisfied with the work that Linda has done on her new home, and is friendly and gracious to Linda. Linda has little respect for this new mistress, whose character is revealed when she denies a meat ration to an old slave who is too feeble to work, but makes an effort to get along with her and they are able to work together well.

During this time, Linda makes frequent trips into town during the night—walking six miles there and back before morning—in order to visit her family. During the entire time, she is planning her escape from slavery and devising a plot to liberate her children. She tells few people of her plans. When her grandmother catches wind of it, she eagerly tries to dissuade Linda of her desire to escape, reminding her of her responsibilities to her children and imploring her to remember how Benjamin was forced to suffer after his escape attempt.

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